Struggle to regain gun license in Worcester becomes local man’s fight for Constitutional rights

by Walter Bird Jr.  |  published on November 3, 2014

Raymond Holden owner of Cliff Street Garage.
Nine years after they were first stripped from him after his arrest for assault and battery, Raymond Holden is still fighting to get his guns and gun permit back. The journey has been paved with wins and losses in court, and while he does not say how much, the price tag has grown quite steep. He remains locked in a battle with the city and Police Chief Gary Gemme, who first suspended Holden’s license in 2005, and revoked it in 2006.

The legal fight reaches a new level early next month, Nov. 6, at Supreme Judicial Court in Boston in a case that could have far-reaching implications. The fight has become about more than just Holden’s guns. He and his lawyer, Mel Greenberg, are hoping a judge applies the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision authorizing the possession of a gun for lawful purposes, including self-defense inside the home, to Holden’s case. Greenberg said the Supreme Court left it up to individual states to determine whether the law applies to the right to defend outside the home. He said the case is the first of its kind in Massachusetts “under these circumstances.”

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